104-year-old Greta regaled us with tales and lessons from her long life

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

One of the big joys of community radio is that we don’t have a target audience – we aim to inform and entertain everyone, from the very young to the very old.

It was therefore a pleasure to visit one of our favourite listeners – 104-year-old Greta Brandler, who lives at the Beeches Care Home in Brentwood!

Our daytime presenter Stewart Pink visited The Beeches care home in Brentwood last week to talk to 104

She’s not only the oldest person to visit Phoenix FM but she may well be Brentwood’s oldest resident too!

Greta chatted for an hour and a quarter about some of the interesting stories from her long life, including her many jobs including physiotherapist, chicken farmer and landlord.

She also talked about the lessons she had learned in accepting age, embracing change and taking chances.

You can hear some of the stories on Stewart’s regular Friday show One 2 Three, and the whole interview is up on our website at phoenixfm.com.

You can hear lots more local interviews in the next seven days, including Gill Burgess from Cancer Research talking about this year’s Race For Life, and Louise Henderson from Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society talking about her group’s new shows.

There will also be live music in the studio from Mark Anthony, Modern Motive and Sophie Griffiths.

A big thank you to all of the companies and organisations which help to support Phoenix FM all year round

Business Club Members: The Beeches | Blue Serif | Brandler Galleries | Foretell Digital | Hallmark Care Homes | Kinetic Podiatry | Newboulds Solicitors | RCH Brentwood Care Centre | Saint Francis Hospice | Utilize

Other sponsors: Abacus Shutters | Ashwells | Bennetts Funerals | Foxtel | Healthwatch Essex | Landons Solicitors | Liberty Hygiene | Pinney Talfourd | Ramsay Health Springfield Hospital | RP2 Media | Shepherd Neame

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